Deadly crash on I-75 blocks southbound lanes near mile marker 414 in Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — Wednesday 7:19 a.m. update: The inside and center lanes are open on I-75 near the m 414 Ellisville.

Wednesday 5:40 a.m. update: Two southbound lanes on I-75 at mile marker 441 remains blocked following this multi-vehicle crash from Tuesday afternoon.

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A multivehicle crash caused a vehicle fire that blocked all lanes on I-75 southbound before the 441 exit on Tuesday.

The Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed one person has died. The crash involved three tractor-trailers and a passenger car, FHP said.

FHP released the crash report Tuesday evening. The report identified the person who died in the crash as Jean E. Sainca, 44, of North Lauderdale, Florida.

Sainca was the driver of one of the tractor-trailers, according to the report. It is unclear if Sainca was wearing a seat belt, according to FHP.

Sianca's tractor-trailer was hit by another tractor-trailer that had a tire failure and veered into Sianca's vehicle, according to FHP.


Both vehicles then traveled through the guardrail and into oncoming traffic where another tractor-trailer, driven by John B. Bryant, 45, became involved in the crash, according to the report. Sianca's tractor-trailer and Bryant's tractor-trailer both caught fire.

FHP said Bryant has serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. It is unknown if Bryant was wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

A woman in a Jeep Cherokee swerved to avoid the crash, and hit a tree. The fire from the crashes spread and caught her vehicle on fire.

Kathy K. Seino, 47, was in the Jeep Cherokee that was involved in the crash, according to the report. She has minor injuries and was not taken to a local hospital, according to FHP. The report says Seino was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the tractor-trailer whose tire failed, David G. Drummond, 64, had no injuries and was wearing his seat belt, according to the report.

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